July 31, 2016

a day in Vaxholm, Sweden

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Vaxholm, the capital of Archipelago, is an idyllic village with well-preserved wooden houses painted in pastel tones, charming cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries, photogenic alleys, lovely cottages, remote beaches and a bursting nature.

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People come here to spend their day at the beach, indulge in a romantic dinner, or just enjoy its great views of the fortress and harbour. Just an hour awayfrom Stockholm, Vaxholm is the perfect getaway all year round. (A very popular Christmas market takes place annually!)

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During summer season it can be a bit crowded but a mini stroll along its crooked streets, which makes the island irresistible, will definitely reward you. If you decide to spend a couple of hours here, bring your swimsuit and be prepared for a very thriving restaurant scene.
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Of course do not miss the Hembygdsgården Homestead museum and summer café. Located in a lovely wooden house from the turn of the last century, the museum describes the life of the fishermen while the interiors are still decorated with the 19th century furniture and memorabilia.

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The house next to the museum is an amazing rustic cafe overlooking the little bay and the islands. The location is superb and the food is delicious. There is also a huge choice of home-made desserts such as swiss rolls, tosca cakes, lemon cheesecakes and chocolate coconut slices, all served at the main dining room table. After making your selection go outside to the garden where the tables and chairs are scattered around, under the fruit trees at the edge of the water and enjoy your “fika“. Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café should be on top of your list if you ever take the ferry to Vaxholm!

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The Waxholmsboalget boats depart frequently from Strömkajen and the trip trip takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on the boat. Upon your arrival, Vaxholm’s tourist information centre in the Town Hall will be happy to answer your questions and give you information about anything you’ll need here. So, let’s go on board!

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(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for teapot.gr)

more Swedish posts coming this season, stay tuned!

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